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Ethics of Education: philosophy, history and law


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Many of the issues involved in social and professional discussions on youth and education require an interdisciplinary approach. But why and how does this approach work?

In education, upbringing and youth care there are a number of different interests to consider. These interests, of the children, their parents, the groups to which they belong (e.g. religious or ethnic minorities), and the interests of society are often difficult to define and they can often be at odds with each other.

Educational professionals need to have the competences to analyse and discuss moral, legal and policy-related issues. Some of them need to be extra-proficient in this area in order to be able to advise other professionals, managers, policy makers, politicians, and governments. The Ethics of Education Master's course provides the right learning environment to enable you to develop this extra expertise. You will acquire the relevant competences and learn to apply these in the professional contexts of research, policy making and consultancy.

In the Master track Ethics of Education you learn to analyse moral issues and discussions in order to design policies and procedures and to take decisions. Three examples:

  • Homosexuality and education
  • Circumcision
  • Rather be Deaf




Master of Science


1 year

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 20,800


Application requirements

The transcripts show evidence of sufficient courses on: Research methods for the social sciences (preferably quantitative AND qualitative). Academic disciplinary knowledge on education, developmental psychology, educational psychology, sociology of education, and adjacent fields. Previous experience with academic writing (e.g., Bachelor thesis), is desirable, but not an entry requirement.

A completed university bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences or a related field allows you to request admission via the Admissions Committee. Please check the registration procedure below for more information on how to submit your application.

The official language of the program is English. Official test results must be supplied(*). Please note, we do not accept Institutional TOEFL results as evidence of English proficiency. C1 Advanced (formerly CAE): C1 | IELTS: overall 6.5; listening 6; reading 6; writing 6.5; speaking 6.5 | TOEFL paper based: overall 575; speaking 55; writing 45 | TOEFL computer based 237 | TOEFL internet based: overall 90; speaking 19; writing 21. (*) Exempt for UK, Ireland, the English speaking part of C

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Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 20,800
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Orange Knowledge Programma (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.


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